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ice age

noun, Geology.
1.
(often initial capital letters) the glacial epoch, especially the Pleistocene Epoch.
Origin of ice age
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75
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  • There was one ice age, and there is going to be another ice age.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • Consequently these areas were early opened at the close of the ice age.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • Other factors since the ice age have altered or modified this glacial topography.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • Why should the passing away of the ice age increase the size of the brain?

    The Other Side of Evolution Alexander Patterson
  • The other department was that which embraces the story of the ice age.

    Hugh Miller William Keith Leask
  • They can only have been brought here by the great glaciers of the ice age.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • The latter period is known to us as the ice age or Glacial period.

British Dictionary definitions for ice age

ice age

noun
1.
another name for glacial period
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ice age in Science
ice age  
  1. Any of several cold periods during which glaciers covered much of the Earth.

  2. Ice Age. The most recent glacial period, which occurred during the Pleistocene Epoch and ended about 10,000 years ago. During the Pleistocene Ice Age, great sheets of ice up to two miles thick covered most of Greenland, Canada, and the northern United States as well as northern Europe and Russia.


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